Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain

1st Edition

An Integrative Approach


  • Marcus Backer
  • Michael Hammes
  • Key Features

    Attractive 2 colour design
    Written by a team of experts in the field
    Includes more than 175 2 colour illustrations
    Integrates western and traditional Chinese medicine

    Table of Contents

    Part I: The basics

    1 Introduction

    2 Pain from the western scientific medicine perspective

    2.1 Foundations
    2.2 Diagnosis of chronic pain
    2.3 General treatment guidelines for chronic pain
    2.4 Conventional pain treatment
    2.5 Western naturopathic approaches to pain treatment

    3 Pain from the traditional Chinese medicine perspective

    3.1 Basic characheristics of traditional Chinese medicine
    3.2 Pathogenesis of pain
    3.3 The concept of Bi obturation
    3.4 Prevention

    4 Diagnosis and differential diagnosis in TCM

    4.1 Perspectives in the West and East
    4.2 History taking
    4.3 Special physical examination
    4.4 Syndrome differentiation
    4.5 Correlation between western disease categories and syndrome pattern
    4.6 Significance of syndrome diagnosis in treatment

    5 Guidelines for TCM treatment of pain

    5.1 Formulating treatment principles (Zhize)
    5.2 Treatment of the 'root' (Ben) and 'branches' (Biao)
    5.3 Treatment options

    6 Acupuncture

    6.1 Definition
    6.2 Neurobiological mechanisms of action
    6.3 Indications
    6.4 Contraindications
    6.5 Undesired side-effects
    6.6 Techniques and practical application
    6.7 Treatment principles
    6.8 Warming the acupoints: moxibustion
    6.9 Related Techniques

    7 Channels and important acupoints

    7.1 Channels and acupoints
    7.2 Acupoints from a western scientific point of view

    8 Further treatment options in TCM

    8.1 Chinese Herbal Medicine
    8.2 Chinese Dietetics
    8.3 Tuina
    8.4 Qi Gong

    PART II: Pain Syndromes

    9 Head and face pain

    9.1 General principles
    9.2 Migraine
    9.3 Tension-type headache
    9.4 Analgesic-induced headache
    9.5 Cervicogenic headache
    9.6 Cluster headache
    9.7 Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    9.8 trigeminal neuralgia
    9.9 Atype facial pain
    9.10 Sy


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    About the authors

    Marcus Backer

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Clinic for Integrative Medicine and Naturopathy, Essen-Mitte Clinics, Essen, Germany

    Michael Hammes

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic, Technical University Munich, Germany